CHITI Tommaso

Professore Associato 
Settore scientifico disciplinare di riferimento PEDOLOGIA (AGR/14)
Ateneo Università degli Studi della TUSCIA 
Struttura di afferenza Dipartimento di DIBAF - Dipartimento per la Innovazione nei Sistemi Biologici, Agroalimentari e Forestali 

Orari di ricevimento

Martedì e Giovedì dalle 14.00 alle 16.00 presso il mio ufficio.


WORK EXPERIENCE 2021- ongoing - Associated Professor - University of Tuscia, Dept. for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest system (DIBAF) 2013- 2021 Ongoing Researcher- University of Tuscia, Dept. for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest system (DIBAF) 2016 Sept- 2017 Aug. Researcher- Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) of Vladivostock (Russia). 2008 -2015 Soil sampling responsible within the ERC (Africa-GHG) projects Sites located in Ghana, Cameroun, Congo, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Kenya 2011 - 2014 Consultant- TÜV-SUD company, Germany. Activity: Assessment of soil carbon methodologies within the framework of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). 2008-2012 Research assistant (Post-doc). University of Tuscia, Dept. for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest system (DIBAF). Research activities on “Analysis and modelling of C in forests and agricultural soils” and “SOC dynamics in primary forests” within the ERC project “Africa-GHG”. 2006-2010 Soil expert within the framework of the COST action 639. Greenhouse gas budget of soils under changing climate and land use; working group 3: monitoring, statistics and simulation models. 2007 Feb-Dec. Research Grant. University of Florence Dept. for Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (DSSNP). Research activities on “Isotopic analysis and soil organic carbon fractionation in pools at different stability. EDUCATION AND TRAINING 2004 - 2007PhD course on “Soil Science and Climatology”.University of Florence (Italy), Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Science. Supervisors: Prof Ugolini FC and Dr. PhD Certini G. Thesis: “Soil organic matter characterization in Alpine forests, grasslands and Mediterranean forests of Italy by the use of 13C NMR and isotopes analysis”. 2007 March. Grant from the European Science Foundation (ESF). Centrum voor IsotopenOnderzoek (CIO), University of Groningen The Netherlands. Topic “Contribution of the most recalcitrant part of the soil organic matter to total soil respiration”. Supervisor: Neubert R.E.M. 2006 Sept. Summer-school on “Experimental assessment of changes in soil organic matter pools in mountain forests”. Obergurgl, Austria. Organized by the Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW), Wien. 2006 March.Grant from the European Science Foundation (ESF). Centrum voor IsotopenOnderzoek (CIO), University of Groningen. The Netherlands. Topic “Isotopic characterization and soil flux partition in different soils under the footprint of a coastal CO2-eddy-flux tower. Supervisor: Neubert R.E.M. 2005 Sep-Oct.Grant from the European Science Foundation (ESF). Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany. Topic “Carbon budget and CO2 efflux from the soil”. Supervisor: Schulze E.D 2005 June-July.Exchange student.Centrum for IsotopenOnderzoek (CIO), University of Groningen, The Netherlands.Topic “Isotopic characterization of Dutch soils”. Supervisor: Neubert R.E.M 2004 Sept.Summer-school on integrated methodology on soil carbon flux measurements. Trento, Italy. Organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF). 2004 July.Course of “Rocks macroscopic recognition” Milan, Italy. Organized by the University of Bicocca, Department of Environmental Sciences and Land Resources. 2003 September.Master degree/laurea in Forestry and Environmental Science (5 year course), Grade 105/110. University of Florence (Italy), Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Science. Supervisor: Prof. Sanesi G. Thesis: ” Characterization of soil organic matter in afforestation on spoil banks”. 2003 Jul-Aug.Apprenticeship at the “Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare” (IAO), on supporting activities on data entries Florence, Italy 2000 Jan.-June. Erasmus-Socrates program. Finland. University of Helsinki. Faculty of Forestry Science. PERSONAL SKILLS Mother tongue(s) Italian Other language(s) UNDERSTANDING SPEAKING WRITING Listening Reading Spoken interaction Spoken production English C1 C1 C1 C1 C1 Levels: A1/A2: Basic user - B1/B2: Independent user - C1/C2 Proficient user Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Communication skills Good communication skills gained through my experience as visiting scientist in many international research institutions, presentations to workshops and conferences, organization and participation as lecturer in several training programs in Italy and abroad Organisational / managerial skills Good managerial and organizational skills gained through my participation in several EU founded projects as responsible for the soil sampling campaigns in different countries. I have organized more than 10 campaigns in the African continent. I am the father of a 9-year-old triplet and I have been always working, managing the housekeeping duties, my work and their education. Computer skills Solid knowledge of Windows OS, Mac, Microsoft Office™ and WWW research tools. Knowledge of R software. Driving licence B PUBLICATIONS Fino E, Blasi E. Perugini L, Pellis G, Valentini R, Chiti T (2020). Is Soil Contributing to Climate Change Mitigation during Woody Encroachment? A Case Study on the Italian Alps. Forests, 11, 887; doi:10.3390/f11080887. Rodríguez A, Chiti T, Rey A, Durán J (2019a) Forest die-off reduces soil C and N content and increases C stability in a Mediterranean woodland. Geoderma, Chiriacò MV, Belli C, Chiti T, Trotta C, Sabbatini S (2019b) The potential carbon neutrality of sustainable viticulture showed through a comprehensive assessment of the greenhouse gas (GHG) budget of wine production. Journal of Cleaner Production, 225:435-450. Chiti T, Certini G, Marzaioli F, D’Acqui LP, Forte C, Castaldi S, Valentini R (2019c) Composition and turnover time of organic matter in soil fractions with different magnetic susceptibility. Geoderma, 349: 88-96. Pellis G, Chiti T, Rey, A., Curiel Yuste Y, Trotta C., Papale, D (2019d) The ecosystem carbon sink implications of mountain forest expansion into abandoned grazing land: The role of subsoil and climatic factors. Science of the total environment, 672:106-120. Chiti T, Rey A, Jeffery K, Lauteri M, Mihindou V, Malhi Y, Marzaioli F, White LJT, Valentini R (2018a) Contribution and stability of forest-derived soil organic carbon during woody encroachment in a tropical savanna. A case study in Gabon. Biology and Fertility of Soils 54:897–907 Chiti T, Blasi E, Pellis G, Perugini L, Chiriacò MV, Valentini R (2018b) Soil organic carbon pool's contribution to climate change mitigation on marginal land of a Mediterranean montane area in Italy. Journal of Environmental Management 218: 593-601. Chiti T, Díaz-Pinés E, Butterbach-Bahl K5,6, Marzaioli F7,Valentini R (2018c) Soil organic carbon changes following degradation and conversion to cypress and tea plantations in a tropical mountain forest of Kenya. Plant and Soil 422:527–539 Moscatelli MC, Bonifacio E, Chiti T, Cudlin P, Dinca L, Gömöryova E, Grego S, La Porta N, Karlinski L, Pellis G, Rudawska M, Squartini A, Zhiyanski M, Bro Gl (2017) Soil properties as indicators of treeline dynamics in view of anthropogenic pressure and climate change. Climate Research, DOI: Marconi S, Chiti T, Nolè A, Valentini R, Collalti A (2017) The Role of Respiration in Estimation of Net Carbon Cycle: Coupling Soil Carbon Dynamics and Canopy Turnover in a Novel Version of 3D-CMCC Forest Ecosystem Model. Forests, doi:10.3390/f8060220. van Asperen H, Warneke T, Sabbatini S, Höpker M, Nicolini G, Chiti T, Papale D, Böhmc M, Notholt J (2017) Diel variation in isotopic composition of soil respiratory CO2 fluxes:The role of non-steady state conditions. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 234–235: 95–105 Giarrizzo E, Burrascano S, Chiti T, de Bello F, Lepš J, Zavattero L, Blasi C (2017) Re-visiting historical semi-natural grasslands in the Apennines to assess patterns of changes in species composition and functional traits. Applied Vegetation Science, DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12288 Chiti T, Mihindou V, Jeffery KJ, Yadvinder M, Oliveira F, White LJT, Valentini R (2017) Impact of woody encroachment on soil organic carbon storage in the Lopè National Park, Gabon. Biotropica. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12369 Chiti T, Perugini L, Vespertino D, Valentini R (2016) Effect of selective logging on soil organic carbon dynamics in tropical forests in central and western Africa. Plant and Soil, 399:283-294 Vaglio Laurin G, Hawthorne WD, Chiti T, Di Paola A, Cazzolla Gatti R, Marconi S, Noce S, Grieco E, Pirotti F (2016) Does degradation from selective logging and illegal activities differently impact forest resources? A case study in Ghana. doi: 10.3832/ifor1779-008. Chiti T, Certini G, Forte C, Papale D, Valentini R (2016) Radiocarbon-Based Assessment of Heterotrophic Soil Respiration in Two Mediterranean Forests. Ecosystems, 19:62-72 Sabbatini S, Arriga N, Bertolini T, Castaldi S, Chiti T, Consalvo C, Njakou-Djomo S, Gioli B, Matteucci G, Papale D (2016) Greenhouse gas balance of cropland conversion to bioenergy poplar short-rotation coppice. Biogeosciences, 13:95–113. Chiti T, Grieco E, Perugini L, Rey A, Valentini R (2014) Effect of the replacement of tropical forests with tree plantations on soil organic carbon levels in the Jomoro district, Ghana. Plant and Soil, DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1928-1 Collalti A, Perugini L, Santini M, Chiti T, Nolè A, Matteucci G, Valentini R (2013) A process-based model to simulate growth in forests with complex structure: evaluation and use of 3D-CMCC Forest Ecosystem Model in a deciduous forest in Central Italy. Ecological Modelling, DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.09.016 Castaldi S, Bertolini T, Valente A, Chiti T, Valentini R (2013) Nitrous oxide emissions from a soil of an African rain forest in Ghana. Biogeosciences, 10: 4179-4187 Chiti T, Diaz-Pinez E, Rubio A (2012a) Soil organic carbon stocks of conifers, broadleaf and evergreen broadleaf forests of Spain. Biology and Fertility of Soils. DOI 10.1007/s00374-012-0676-3 Chiti T, Gardin L, Perugini L, Quaratino R, Vaccari FP, Miglietta F, Valentini R (2012b). Soil organic carbon stock assessment for the different cropland land uses in Italy. Biology and Fertility of Soils. DOI 10.1007/s00374-011-0599-4 Chiti T, Neubert REM, Janssens IA, Curiel Yuste J, Sirignano C, Certini G (2011). Radiocarbon based assessment of soil organic matter contribution to soil respiration in a pine stand of the Campine region, Belgium. Plant and Soil, 344:273-282. Chiti T, Certini G, Perugini L, Mastrolonardo G, Valentini R (2011). Soil carbon dynamics in a Mediterranean forest during the Kyoto Protocol commitment periods. Regional Environmental Changes, DOI 10.1007/s10113-010-0141-5 Weiner T, Mazeh S, Tamburini F, Frossard E, Bernasconi SM, Chiti T, Angert A (2011). A method for analyzing the δ18O of resin-extractable soil inorganic phosphate. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25:624-628. Chiti T, Papale D, Smith P, Dalmonech D, Matteucci G, Yeluripati J, Rodeghiero M, Valentini R (2010a). Predicting changes in soil organic carbon in Mediterranean and Alpine forests during the Kyoto Protocol commitment periods using the CENTURY model. Soil Use and Management, 26:475-484. Chiti T, Certini G, Grieco E, Valentini R (2010b). The role of soil in storing carbon in tropical rainforests: the case of Ankasa park, Ghana. Plant and Soil, 331:453-461. Dalmonech D, Lagomarsino A, Moscatelli MC, Chiti T, Valentini R (2010). Microbial performance under increasing nitrogen availability in a Mediterranean forest soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 42:1596-1606. Piovesan G, Alessandrini A, Baliva M, Chiti T, D’Andrea E, De Cinti B, Di Filippo A, Hermanin L, Lauteri M, Scarascia Mugnozza G, Schirone B, Ziaco E, Matteucci G (2010). Structural patterns, growth processes, carbon stocks in an Italian Network of old-growth beech forests. Italian Journal of Forest and Mountain Environments. 65:557-590. Chiti T, Neubert REM, Janssens IA, Certini G, Curiel Yuste J, Sirignano C (2009). Radiocarbon dating reveals different past management of two adjacent forest soils in the Campine region, Belgium. Geoderma, 149:137-142. Zenone T, Morelli G, Teobaldelli M, Fischanger F, Matteucci M, Sordini M, Armani A, Ferrè C, Chiti T, Seufert G (2008). Preliminary use of ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity tomography to study tree roots in pine forests and poplar plantations. Functional Plant Biology, 35:1047-1058. Chiti T, Certini G, Puglisi A, Sanesi G, Capperucci A, Forte C (2007). Effects of associating a N-fixer species to monotypic oak plantations on the quantity and quality of organic matter in minesoils. Geoderma, 138: 162-169. CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS Belelli Marchesini L, Bombelli A, Chiti T, Consalvo C, Forgione A, Grieco E, Mazzenga F, Papale D, Stefani P, Vittorini E, Zompanti R and Valentini R (2011). Africa and the Carbon Cycle. Proceedings of the Open Science Conference on “Africa and Carbon Cycle: the CarboAfrica project” Accra (Ghana) 25-27 November 2008 BOOK CHAPTERS Chiti T, Sirca C, Rodeghiero M, Spano D, Valentini R (2015) Soil Carbon Stocks and Fluxes. In: Valentini R and Miglietta F. The Greenhouse Gas Balance of Italy. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Pp. 119-133. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-32424-6_8 Rodeghiero M, Rubio A, Dìaz-Pinès, Romanya J, Jimenez SM, Levy GJ, Fernandez-Getino AP, Sebastia MT, Karyotis T, Chiti T, Sirca C, Martins A, Madeira M, Zhiyanski M, Gristina L, Lamantia T (2011). Soil carbon in Mediterranean ecosystems and related management problems. COST ACTION 639